My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

What follows is my last "Forest Glen Weekly," written to the partners and congregation of Park Community Church (Forest Glen), in which I reminisce about my ministry and time at Park, discuss connections between the book of Judges and our current context, and exhort God's people to study God's word. Dear Forest Glen Family, This… Continue reading My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

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Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

Scripture shows us that God has authority over everything, including evil spirits. He will use the most unexpected of means to accomplish his good purposes, and will not let anything or anyone prevent his plans from working out. God uses unexpected methods to accomplish his purposes, doesn’t he? Now, when the staff meets on Thursday… Continue reading Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God's people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God's gracious forgiveness put the apostate Israelites to shame. If Israel were truly… Continue reading The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)

Every spring for nearly 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have commemorated a single historical fact that we believe transformed the world: the rising of a dead man back to life. This historical event, the resurrection of Jesus, is at once the most important event and perhaps the most misunderstood doctrine in Christianity. On Easter Sunday, 2018, I… Continue reading The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)

Three Lessons We Learn about God’s Love from the Death of Christ (Good Friday 2018 Teaching)

You may have heard the phrase, "God is love." That is a quote from the Epistle of 1 John, and it unleashes a whole host of questions in the inquiring mind. What does it mean for God to be love? What is God's love like? Does God love me?  On Good Friday, 2018, I preached… Continue reading Three Lessons We Learn about God’s Love from the Death of Christ (Good Friday 2018 Teaching)

Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks for asking), I taught on James 2:1-13. My big idea… Continue reading Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)

Sunday I preached on James 1:9-15, and I put in some of the hardest work I've ever done on a sermon. From the late hours spent in prep to the physical exertion of actually preaching it, I wrestled with this passage. But like Jacob, after he had wrestled with God, out of my grappling I… Continue reading Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)

Recommendations: Bible Study Tools

On Tuesday, January 2, Dan Osborn and I did a Facebook live video to talk about some of the tools we like for studying the Bible. Without any further ado, here are some links to get your hands on some of the tools we recommended (with a couple of others thrown in for good measure).… Continue reading Recommendations: Bible Study Tools

Some Further Reflections on “Abiding” (John 15:4-5)

Sunday at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), Pastoral Resident Ryan Goble taught us from John 15:4-5. I was struck by how this passage, which conveys the words of Jesus to his disciples, revealed to me my own inner leaning toward that faulty belief that, somehow, my activity does something to actually increase my godliness or,… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on “Abiding” (John 15:4-5)

Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)

John's Significant Life Today I had the privilege of opening up God's word and teaching from Luke 1:1-17 on the subject, "The Life of Significance." In Matthew 11:11, Jesus says that of everyone born up to that point, John had been the greatest. Together as a church body, we looked at three traits of John… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)